I see adoptees actively working for legislation to open records state by state and each fight taking years and even decades to win. I applaud their hard work on behalf of adoptees in that state. I see compromises in allowing parents to veto the release on the condition that they provide detailed medical history.
And yet, I see others upset that any compromises are made, New Jersey specifically. I see them upset that parents have to provide detailed medical history if they veto, which makes no sense at all when history can be documented on a degree of relatedness plus the fact of genetic anti-discrimination legislation on the books. I see comments about other states open records laws that doesn’t seem quite right based on my recollection of the laws in question.
Compromise is part of life in my world. I compromise every single day. We all compromise…its called getting along and getting the job done.
Personally I have no dog in the fight simply because I have mine and the cost to me was too high for anyone to pay. And perhaps I would not have paid that price if any type of legislation had been able to be passed in my home state.
Thinking about it from the above viewpoint, I think I would be okay with not getting mine if I was one of the unlucky few (and I say few simply based on Oregon’s stats) and would rather celebrate those who did gain their original birth certificate because at least some legislation was passed.
I think compromise if it has to happen, is better than no legislation passing at all. And once legislation is in place and the legislators see that the sky has not fallen on them they may see it wouldn’t hurt to amend it again…that does happen…in real life…everyday…
What do you think?